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Scones and Sensibility Paperback – December 22, 2009

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–7—Polly is a hopeless romantic whose favorite books are Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables. This summer she has decided to adopt her version of the speech patterns of Austen and Montgomery as she strives to find the perfect—in her estimation—romantic partner for her older sister, her best friend's father, and several others, whether they are interested in meeting someone or not. Her attempts at matchmaking have disastrous results for the participants while providing a few chuckles for readers. The book is much too long for the plot and the faux speech gets very old very quickly. The characters, even 12-year-old Polly, are one-dimensional. It would be difficult to find an audience for this book as Austen/Montgomery fans would find it silly and those readers looking for a light comic romance would not wade through it for the little humor and romance it contains.—Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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Growing up in a cozy seaside community above her family’s bakery, 12-year-old Polly has always been a romantic. After she reads Pride and Prejudice, though, her yen for successful love stories spills over into daily life, and she determines to spend her summer matchmaking among the locals. Of course, everything goes horribly awry, and Polly is forced to confront the impact of her meddling: “This isn’t your dumb Green Gables or England or whatever. This is real life!” says her furious best friend. To better emulate her favorite book’s “enchanting heroine,” Polly narrates in a mannered, archaic voice (“I vow to call you on the morrow!”) that may try some readers’ patience but provides comedic moments in her mixed metaphors and the curt responses she receives: “Put a cork in it,” growls her sister. The plot is as light as pastry filling, but young romantics may recognize themselves in Polly and in her puzzlement over the way love and attraction happen in the twenty-first century, beyond the pages of books. Grades 4-7. --Gillian Engberg

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606840258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606840252
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,929,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Talalay on January 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
Kiwi Magazine Review:
I remember as a young girl that I adopted the prairie vernacular of Laura Ingalls; my family tolerated it, my friends teased me and my teachers were appalled. The protagonist in this tween book speaks like her favorite characters in Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables, although she lapses into normal teen speak when she is with her friends sometimes. Inspired by these books, Polly sets out to be the town matchmaker with very mixed results including one arrest, one tumble off of a pier (complete with jellyfish stings) and an angry suitor. This book is a fun remix of the two classics but we'd nudge the age recommendation to 11-15.
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I am a 14 year old bookworm who got this book from my aunt's bookstore. I was a little nervous that this book would be too young for me, but I ended up really liking it. It was one of those books that made you slap your forehead in frusteration at the main character's actions, and feel those pangs of "oh no" because you felt so much like you were right next to Polly all the way. I read this book during any spare time I could find, and was really sad when it was over because I wanted to keep reading!!! I really hope that Lindsey Eland comes out with another book!

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Polly has such good intentions, oh my! With her head filled with romantic dreams of matchmaking, and her bicycle-basket filled with pastries from her parents' bakery, she embarks on a summer delivering parcels. Sometimes the parcels have been ordered--and sometimes they haven't! Polly delights in taking on the role of go-between for couples she wants to match up, pretending each has ordered treats for the other. The havoc that ensues is simply delicious, for Polly is so busy listening to her own ideas about what love *should* be that she fails, again and again, to listen to what people are telling her in plain English. In the end, she learns that she's been leaving out an important ingredient in her recipe for love, namely reality. Humbled, but still believing in true love, she delivers a fresh perspective. This book is a delicacy, delightful to ingest.
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By Danielle on December 22, 2009
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I was expecting this book to be good, but I wasn't expecting to fall in love with it after only the first chapter. Though I was sometimes annoyed with Polly, the main character, I still found the book so absolutely wonderful. In fact, it may be one of my favorites of the year, but I'm sure not everyone will love it as much as I do.

My absolute favorite thing about this book was the writing. Polly speaks and narrates in an "old timey" voice, like the characters in her favorite book Pride and Prejudice. (Example of this: the first line of the description.) I thought it was simultaneously hilarious and adorable. I know it may bother some people, but the voice fit Polly completely. It's mature, and yet a bit over the top, just like Polly is. I know many will not agree with me on the language bit and may find it distracting, but I'm weird and find it amusing.

I also adored Polly. In a weird way, she reminds me of Georgia Nicolson (from the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series)- she's hilarious, ridiculous, has her own way of speaking, and is totally unique, just like Georgia, but not as extreme. Though I wish she would have not been so stubborn and oblivious, I loved how she was determined to do what she thought was right. Her antics were highly amusing; they kept me smiling and wondering about what trouble she would get in next. Whether she was ruining someone's love life or just visiting some of her neighbors, I was completely interested and never tired of the admittedly repetitive events.

Though I wish some of the more minor characters and plotlines were explored more- Polly's potential romance, for example-, I am completely enamored with Scones and Sensibility. I think it's absolutely adorable, and I totally wish I was as cool as Polly when I was 12. Highly recommended, but perhaps best for the fans of Jane Austen and Anne of Green Gables.
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SLJ is dismissive of this book because, apparently, it isn't "War and Peace". Well, there are some books that I like just because they illustrate the truth of G.K. Chesterton's observation, "It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light. Satan fell by the force of gravity...". This is one of those books.

Polly is not intended to be a believable character; this is not a domestic drama book. Polly represents the cheerful, hopeful, bright romantic instincts of a young girl growing into a complicated world. This book works because the author has a marvelously light touch, a generous view of Polly's girlish yearnings for romance, a cheerful view of family and community, and a command of the essential appeal of books like "Pride and Prejudice" and "Anne of Green Gables". There are bright descriptive grace notes scattered about the narrative; supporting characters keep the story bubbling along. Humor is gentle and unforced.

Is this lightweight stuff? Sure. But it's hard to make a souffle, and this book never collapses. This has a "Pollyanna" feel and it is perhaps no accident that our heroine is named Polly. I pictured our heroine as a wholesome, winsome Hayley Mills kind of character, (and come to think of it, Hayley Mills portrayed Pollyanna in the Disney movie - holy cow, this is all coming together.)

Bottom line - there are a lot of middle grade romances out there, but not that many are honestly fun, truly heartfelt, gently inspirational, or informed by real affection for all of the characters. This scores high marks across the board, and that's enough for me and my tween readers.

Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle goodies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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